New Athens X80 express bus links Piraeus cruise ship port to Acropolis and Syntagma Square


The Acropolis

A new express bus service links the cruise ship terminal at Pireaus with the Acropolis (above) as well as Syntagma Square in Central Athens


Editor’s 2018 Update:  The X80 route resumes service on Thursday May 10. Click here to read a Keep Talking Greece article with information about the service, including fares, schedules and stops.


New route: Buses began running today on a new express service route that links the Piraeus cruise ship port to the Acropolis and Syntagma Square in Central Athens.

The X80 express bus will run seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 21:30 (9:30 p.m.), with departures every 30 minutes. The trip along the 25 km route from the cruise ship terminal to Syntagma Square is estimated to take between 30 and 45 minutes.

OASA, the Athens Urban Transport Organisation, introduced the new route to help make it easier for tourists arriving at Athens by cruise ship to reach Syntagma and the Acropolis — two of the city’s most popular attractions.

The bus will stop at the OLP terminal gates, the Piraeus town center, the Sygrou-Fix metro station, the Acropolis and Syntagma Square.

For 2018, two types of tickets can be used to take rides on the X80 — the €4.50 ticket that is valid for umlimited use on the metro, buses and trams in the city center for 24 hours, or the €22 tourist ticket that is valid for 3 days of travel.

Below are two maps that show the X80 route and stops at Piraeus as well as the route and stops in Central Athens. Click here to view an OASA PDF document showing the complete X80 route between Piraeus and Syntagma Square.

For general information about all modes of Athens public transportation, click here.


X80 express bus map from the Athens Urban Transport Organisation website

This map, from the Athens Urban Transport Organisation website, shows the X80 bus route stops at Piraeus. Click the image to view a larger-size picture.



Map of bus stops in Central Athens for the new X80 express route

This map shows the X80 bus stop locations in Central Athens




  1. we will arrive Athens Piraeus by cruise MSC Fantasia on 2/2/2016. we would like to take X80 bus from the cruise port to visit Parthenon. we only have 5 hours, do we have enough time? we will leave at 10:00 a.m. and back to the ship at 3:00 p.m., can you tell me the bus schedule ? what time to deprt? what time to come back?

    • admin

      December 26, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Here is a link to a thread of questions about this service on the Athens forum: You may find some answers to your questions in the most recent posts there. If you don’t learn everything you need to know, consider asking in that thread or post a new question on that forum. Also check for information that other cruise passengers may have posted on this subject on Cruise Critic:

  2. Which stop would be closest to the Plaka?

    • admin

      September 3, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Either Syntagma Square or the Acropolis stop … Plaka is just a short walk from either.

      • Margaret McCleery

        July 6, 2017 at 9:35 pm

        Is Plaka easy to find when leaving the Acropolis. How long to walk from the Acropolis to Syntagma square

        • admin

          July 7, 2017 at 9:11 am

          It’s easy to find — it’s right below the Acropolis. Can’t estimate how long the walk would take because it depends where in Plaka you are and whether you’re wandering the maze of streets. I personally would allow at least half an hour, longer if it’s very crowded.

  3. This is a fantastic resource of information on the X80. It’s much easier to understand that the official information sheet. Thank you for making this website!

  4. Hi. Is the bus still running August 2017? If so is it easy to locate at port? Thanks in anticipation!

    • admin

      August 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Emma, a friend in Athens has told me the bus is seasonal for summer only, so it definitely should be operating throughout this month. Here is a shortlink to the website showing the bus route and the real-time location of the buses running the route: I have never taken a bus from Piraeus but imagine it should be easy to find.

  5. Rocco van Rooyen

    October 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Can a person board the X80 express bus from the port (coming off a cruise liner) with travel case and get off at Syntagma Square if one intend staying in Athens for a few nights in a hotel? Also, can one board a Metro train from the Metro station there to a next Metro station with one’s travel cases?

    • admin

      October 6, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Of course you can … We have travelled on Athens express buses, the tram and the metro with our suitcases without any problems other than the hassle of awkwardly negotiating your way through crowds with luggage in tow.

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